The Poppy Is Also a Flower

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The Poppy Is Also a Flower
Poster of The Poppy Is Also a Flower.jpg
Directed by Terence Young
Produced by Euan Lloyd
Written by Jo Eisinger
Ian Fleming (story)
Starring E.G. Marshall
Trevor Howard
Yul Brynner
Eli Wallach
Angie Dickinson
Narrated by Grace Kelly
Music by Georges Garvarentz
Cinematography Henri Alekan
Distributed by ABC (US TV broadcast)
Astral Films (US theatrical)
Release date
  • 1966 (1966)
Running time
80 minutes (TV)
100 minutes (theatrical)
Language English

The Poppy Is Also a Flower is a 1966 ABC made-for-television spy and anti-drug film. It was originally made under the auspices of the United Nations as part of a series of television specials designed to promote the organization's work. The film was directed by Terence Young and stars Senta Berger, Stephen Boyd, Trevor Howard, Rita Hayworth, Angie Dickinson, Yul Brynner, Eli Wallach and Marcello Mastroianni. Grace Kelly (as Princess Grace of Monaco) narrates.[1]

The film was also known by alternate titles Poppies Are Also Flowers, The Opium Connection, and Danger Grows Wild (in the UK).


In an attempt to stem the heroin trade at the AfghanistanIran border, a group of narcotics agents working for the United Nations inject a radioactive compound into a seized shipment of opium, in the hopes that it will lead them to the main heroin distributor in Europe.


In alphabetical order

International crew[edit]

Part of the production of this film took place overseas. Iran was the main scene for many desert and border scenes. The crew spent several weeks on location and the local cinematographers joined the team to accomplish the production. Famous Iranian cinematographers cooperated with this project, including Maziyar Partow.


The film is based on an idea by Ian Fleming, the James Bond creator. Funded in part by a grant from Xerox, it was produced by the United Nations and the stars received a salary of $1.[2] Terence Young left the direction of Thunderball to make the film.

The Poppy Is Also a Flower was the last of four television movies commissioned by the United Nations, to publicise its missions and roles in world peace and diplomacy. The film was originally 80 minutes in length for its ABC telecast, minus commercial time for the 90-minute slot. It was expanded to 100 minutes for a US theatrical release by Astral Films in 1967.

After its television broadcast on ABC in 1966, Eli Wallach won the Primetime Emmy Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Single Performance, Drama, for his portrayal of drug kingpin "Happy" Locarno. This represented the production's only award.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "The Poppy Is Also a Flower". New York Times. Retrieved 2009-03-22. 
  2. ^ "The Euan Lloyd Interview". Cinema Retro (1). 

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